What is the American Translators Association?

Founded in 1959, the American Translators Association (ATA) is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. with 10,000 members in 95 countries.

ATA’s mission is to promote the recognition of professional translators and interpreters, to facilitate communication among its members, to establish standards of competence and ethics, to provide its members with professional development opportunities, and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

Learn more about ATA at www.atanet.org.

What’s a translator?
What’s an interpreter?
What’s the difference?

ATA answers the frequently asked questions and provides some key talking points.

Understanding what’s at stake

Translation and interpreting mistakes can be costly, even disastrous. It is critical to hire qualified translators and interpreters. ATA can help you find the right professional.

Press Releases

Find recent news, announcements, and position statements from ATA.

ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

July 20, 2020

ATA stands in solidarity with our members and colleagues who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those in the communities they serve.

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ATA Sends Open Letter to the California Assembly and Senate

April 14, 2020

California AB 2257 will be heard by California’s influential Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, August 17. This is the last chance for the bill…

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Statement of Position Regarding California Assembly Bill 5 and Request for Exemption

February 3, 2020

The California State Assembly recently passed a bill that ATA believes will improperly classify the majority of the association’s members as employees, when in…

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ATA Issues Statement on AB 5 and Mandatory Employee Classification

January 30, 2020

The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in California will reclassify freelance translators and interpreters as employees beginning January 1, with devastating effect financially on many of our colleagues working in the state.

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International Translation Day 2019

September 30, 2019

Telling Your Story! What do translators and interpreters really do? What’s a day like for a translator or interpreter? Why are translators and interpreters…

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Statement Opposing Discontinuing Immigration Interpreting Services

July 24, 2019

The American Translators Association (ATA) has issued a statement opposing the Department of Justice plan to discontinue in-person interpreting services at initial hearings for…

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Case Studies

The importance of professional translation and interpreting is often not understood by the general public. As part of an ongoing outreach campaign, ATA provides for-publication content to spread insight to a wide range of readers.

Content Marketers: Time to Call in the Language Professionals?

The U.S. is the largest consumer market on earth, but did you know that 96% of the world’s consumers reside beyond the country’s borders (according to the U.S. Small Business Administration)? Nonetheless, content marketers have largely focused on English-speaking markets because of their high internet penetration and enormous spending rates. Translating and adapting content for…

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5 Website Features That May Be Working Against You

Contrary to popular belief, your website is not about the products you sell, the services you provide, or the information you share. It’s actually about the people who visit it and their needs. As a website owner, your job is to turn those visitors into paying clients. But before you can do that, you have…

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From Blunder to Wonder: How Companies Successfully Bounce Back from Mistakes

1993 was a terrible year for a particular major national fast food chain. It was an even worse year for four families who suffered unimaginable losses after their children ate contaminated meat at the establishment. Unsurprisingly, the chain found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. However, in a matter of years, it had not only…

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What Your Signage Says about You

Ben could hardly wait to set up his own business after years of working for a large company. Knowing the demographics of his market area, Ben wanted to market to the large Latino population there. So, he looked up the key words in Spanish and created a beautifully designed website and colorful, eye-catching signage to…

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The Bots Are Coming! Automated and AI-Driven Programs for Business

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are all the rage these days, and for good reason. The technology behind once too-good-to-be-true tools like facial recognition and 3D printing has advanced by leaps and bounds. Many of us own or pine for “smart” devices and use dozens of apps a day for personal purposes. So what about…

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How to Establish a Real “Worldwide” Web Presence

It’s a well-known fact that people prefer to shop in their native language. Naturally, they feel more comfortable when they completely understand what they’re reading. The same goes for searching online. It’s highly unlikely that potential consumers in foreign markets will find their way to your website using English-language searches, which means you need to…

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(Bilingual) Help Wanted

Janet, a personnel manager at a fast-growing start-up, hoped to give her company a competitive edge in an international field by recruiting bilingual employees. She got some unexpected results. Her first big surprise was discovering that many applicants who made no mention of language skills on their résumés reported being able to speak two, three,…

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Customs Clearance for Your Content Marketing: How to Get Your Message Across the Border

The U.S. may be the largest consumer market in the world, but did you know that 96% of the planet’s consumers don’t live here? With purchasing power on the rise across the globe and the internet making our world smaller than ever, there’s no better time to market your products and services abroad. But before…

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When It Comes to Communication, More Is More

In our world of information overload, less is often more. This old adage still applies in the world of communications—think website or marketing copy that is best short and sweet. Yet context and preparation is needed when human interaction is involved. The more time and energy you invest upfront, the more time, money, and headaches…

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Not Connecting with Consumers? Maybe You’re Not Speaking Their Language

You may think your company’s products and services speak for themselves, but building a brand beyond borders takes more. If you don’t speak your customer’s language and understand their culture, you won’t reach them emotionally and your reputation will suffer. What drives consumer behavior? Sam founded and operates a food service company in a local…

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Contact ATA for industry insights and responses to current affairs involving the translation and interpreting professions.

Media Contact

Walter W. Bacak, Jr. CAE, ATA Executive Director
+1-703-683-6100 ext. 3006  |  walter@atanet.org